Whether you hate spiders or aren’t bothered by them; the chances are that you don’t fancy them in your home. Even a spider lover wouldn’t embrace the idea of a funnel-web crawling across their pillow. Just the thought is enough to send tingles down your spine!
In reality, though, there’s a reason some homes are more spider-prone than others. While things like age and location have some standing, whether we get eight-legged visitors or not is often down to nothing more than decor. If you’ve always envied that friend who never seems to see a spider, this could well be why.
But, rather than consider all the decor choices which could turn your home into a spider hotel, we’re going to keep this simple. We’re going to tell you what you shouldn’t do, instand. As well as making your house look fantastic, this ensures your dog is the thing with more than two legs in the space. So, without further ado, let’s look at the designs you definitely don’t want.
The open fireplace
They look fantastic, but if you want to invite spiders into your home, an open fireplace is the way to do it. You can’t be surprised by creepy crawlies sneaking in when you have a gaping hole in your roof. Open fireplaces are also often brick-based. The holes in bricks make the ideal hiding places for eight-legged nightmares. That’s a double whammy you could do without. Fear not, though. This doesn’t mean you can never achieve the fireplace of your dreams. All you need to do is insert gas fireplace replacements, or close the gap and position a portable fireplace somewhere else. Though these aren’t the same as a roaring fire, there are plenty of realistic options which could serve your purpose. Many would argue it’s a sacrifice worth making to keep your house safe.
Country cottage clutter
For some, nothing’s cuter than country cottage-style clutter. We’re talking ornaments, bunting on your ceiling, and more furniture than anyone needs. Far from appearing messy, these additions can turn a house into a home. Sadly, they do the same thing for spiders. Face it; the more hidey places you provide, the more risk there is of dangerous spiders taking refuge. Instead, you may want to give minimalism a shot. This design trend is everywhere at the moment. As well as ensuring you bright and spacious interiors, it involves getting by with as little furniture as possible. You can bet there wouldn’t be anywhere to hide after you’ve stripped your decor bare.
We all love a wooden floor. The trouble is, aside from laminate, these options often have gaping gaps. And, those gaps are just what spiders look out for. Even modest spaces could make room for unwanted visitors. Your best bet, then, would be to opt for tiles over wooden options. That way, you still get the benefits of being without a carpet, but there’s no risk of getting a fatal nip on your feet anytime soon.